The ALTRAC consortium, of which Alstom is part, announced that the contract for the new Sydney tramway line awarded by the State’s public transport authority, Transport for New South Wales, has come into force. The financing of the EUR 1.4 billion project has been secured via a public-private partnership (PPP). Commercial service is expected to start in early 2019.
For this new 12 km long line, Alstom is responsible for the integrated tramway system which includes the design, delivery and commissioning of 30 coupled Citadis X05 trams, power supply equipment, including APS -ground power supply- over two kilometres, signalling systems, the energy recovery system HESOP, depot equipment and maintenance.
As part of the contract, ALTRAC consortium also takes over the operations and full maintenance of the existing Inner West Light Rail (IWLR) system which includes 12 trams and connects Sydney’s inner west with Pyrmont, Darling Harbour and the southern CBD.
Citadis X05 integrates new technologies such as permanent magnet motors to reduce energy consumption and easier sub-system integration and maintenance to decrease lifecycle costs. Citadis X05 for Sydney will offer high-end comfort, including double-doors for improved access and passenger flows, large balcony style windows, multi-purpose areas and ambient LED lighting.